FREMANTLE overcame an early slump to take first-day honours in the clash with Bayswater-Morley at Stevens Reserve on Saturday.
Jhye Richardson scored a swashbuckling 87 from 92 to help the hosts eke out a competitive 237 after their innings looked in tatters.
Nathan Rimmington snagged four wickets, leading the charge as Fremantle were bowled out in the 67th over.
But 21 overs proved plenty of time for the hosts to gain the ascendency.
Conor Thompson removed Bayswater-Morley opener Rhys Hampson for 10 before snagging Rimmington for just four.
Import Tom Abell then took two wickets to leave the visitors 4-51, still 187 runs away from the win.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Port Boys’ undefeated start to Premier Cricket’s two-day competition was in jeopardy after they had been reduced to 6-107.
Batting at eight, Richardson crunched five fours and five sixes in a career-best innings at the state’s top level to turn it all around.
His time at the crease, which ended after he was caught off the bowling of Rimmington, lasted a tick over two hours but was the catalyst for Fremantle’s more than competitive total.
In reply, Bayswater Morley reached 23 before coming undone.
Hampson was dismissed for 10 off 28 deliveries, triggering a collapse of 4-20.
At the crease come day two on Saturday morning will be opener Tim Smithies, with 13 off 50 deliveries and Ross Loiacono, who worked his way to two from 26.